A former employee of Warren Family Court Judge Catherine Rice Holderfield filed a lawsuit against the judge in Warren Circuit Court alleging Holderfield committed official misconduct.
In the lawsuit filed Nov. 2, Leslie Warden Carr said Holderfield attempted to intimidate her, knowingly made false statements to other public officials, violated state law by instructing Carr not to keep records and to destroy other records, violated Administrative Office of the Courts policies, violated local court rules and violated Kentucky’s Code of Judicial Conduct.
Among the allegations in the lawsuit, Holderfield is accused of giving preferential treatment to some attorneys by allowing them to have ex parte communications with her and “working to create special opportunities for preferred attorneys.”
WNKY attempted to reach Holderfield on her cell phone Tuesday.
Thursday Holderfield, through an employee, emailed the following statement to WNKY.
"I have been serving our community as the Warren County Family Court Judge for over 13 years. I am proud of all we accomplish, day in and day out, to help and protect families and children, our most important assets. Unfortunately, I cannot comment specifically on pending litigation. What I can say is that I believe the allegations are certainly unfounded and I look forward to providing an official legal response when appropriate," she said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Warren Circuit Court Clerk records do not show any scheduled court action.
Carr is asking for unspecified general and compensatory damages and costs associated with the suit.
“On November 2, 2018 former Warren Circuit Family Court Administrator, Leslie Carr, filed a civil lawsuit against Warren Circuit Family Court Judge Catherine Rice Holderfield, individually, and in her capacity as Judge, pursuant to Kentucky’s ‘Whistle Blower Act,’ found in KRS 61.102 et. Seq,” Carr’s attorney Harlan Judd said in an email.
“The decision by Leslie to file this suit was not taken lightly. She has the utmost respect for the judicial system in Warren County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As outlined in great detail in Leslie’s complaint, during her employment with Judge Holderfield, Leslie witnessed and documented numerous misdeeds, all of which have been previously reported to the Administrative Office of the Courts. Leslie believes it is her duty and responsibility, both individually and as a public servant, to ensure that the integrity of our judicial system is preserved,” he said.
“Leslie Carr is a lifelong career legal employee. She is the president of the local paralegal association and has worked with some of the best attorneys in our area. She is highly respected amongst her peers and members of our local Bar Association. Leslie’s bravery for standing up for these miscarriages of justice should serve as an example for all to follow,” Judd said.